WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — Friends and family hope to raise money with some tasty, fried fish to help a Wichita County Sheriff’s deputy facing a big battle.
Sgt. Sergio Teruel was recently diagnosed with Leukemia and in order to help offset those expenses the sheriff’s office is helping him out.
Teruel has worked with the sheriff’s office for 28 years so his colleague and close friend Melvin Joyner said it was only right to rally around him and his family as they would anyone other deputies at the office.
“Whenever the doctor told me about it I was really scared,” Teruel said.
It has been almost three months since Teruel was diagnosed with Leukemia.
“I was getting really tired, really exhausted, just didn’t want to do anything, didn’t have the energy to do anything and I finally went to the doctor and that’s when I got the bad news,” Teruel said.
This was hard news not just for Teruel but for his friends, family and colleagues, which is why they are hosting a benefit to help with what will be a mountain of medical expenses throughout this fight.
“It can happen to any of us at any time and in the sheriff’s office we want everyone to know that we take care of each other and we help each other in any way we can,” Joyner said.
Teruel said it is the support from those around him that has kept him positive so far and will continue to give him strength in this process.
“It makes me feel better knowing that I’m trying to help him and his family just like I would any other deputy or employee at the sheriff’s office,” Joyner said.
“I’m very grateful for all that, I’m very grateful that everybody has come together, the community and everyone,” Teruel said. “Their support, prayers, means a lot to me more than anything.”
Teruel said despite this setback he will remain positive because he has a lot to fight for his wife and kids.
The event will take place Thursday at the Elks Lodge at 4205 Seymour Hwy from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
They will be serving up fried fish, hush puppies, fries and coleslaw $10 per plate and if you cannot dine-in, you can grab a plate to go.
There will be a silent auction and a 50/50 drawing as well.
If you would like to donate and are unable to make it to the benefit, you can mail your donations to the Wichita County Sheriff’s Office at 900 7th Street, Suite 100, Wichita Falls, TX 76301.